Sponsor Me announced today that it will stage the “Sponsor Me Hawaii” 1-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event, August 15-22, at Ala Moana Bowls, Hawaii. The event is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and is open to both amateur and professional surfers who are looking to gain traction in the pro ranks. The event will be broadcast live over the internet by surf.transworld.net, the leader for online surfing culture.

As the only entry-level WQS event to be staged in Hawaii this year, Sponsor Me will offer an opportunity for locals to earn a start in the coveted year-end Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series. It is precisely this window of opportunity that is the mission behind Sponsor Me, bringing the spotlight on the best undiscovered action sports talent in the nation.

Sponsor Me is creating contest opportunities for rising action sports athletes. The contests are supported by live webcasts via the Sponsor Me site and delivery to mobile devices. Sponsor Me competitions will be held regionally, judged by the pros, and the winners will go on to compete on a national level where fans will have the opportunity to vote online and via SMS. (For more information visit www.sponsorme.tv)

“The significance of this event couldn’t be any greater,” says Chris Carmichael (Sponsor Me Co-Founder). “Especially for the locals who don’t have the opportunity to compete in many of the contests that provide them the footing they need to move on to the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.”

Ala Moana has starred in over 30 surf videos including “Endless Summer” and “Tales of the Seven Seas” which includes a scene that perfectly characterizes the spot – massive tubes, boards flying, ruthless drop-ins, and the climactic conclusion of a catamaran being capsized by a cleanup set. One of the best places to surf in Hawaii, Ala Moana Bowls is a popular spot in Oahu. It’s an exposed reef break with consistent surf. This left-hand reef break is the symbol of great South Shore waves. Packed and very competitive, it’s virtually reserved for locals who know how to surf inside the bowl. Ala Moana is a long wave with a few different tube sections and a range of takeoff spots.

The bowl is just that-an inside-out section halfway in that forms between the Ala Moana boating channel and the Pacific Ocean. It holds waves of 4 to 12 feet. The takeoff is steep and fast; getting caught behind is risky. It’s most ideal when a south swell detonates on the initial bowl section. The water next to the reef has been dredged for the harbor so the swells are unique. The Ala Moana Bowls is at its best in summertime due to the south swells giving surfing community a much needed opportunity to win valuable WQS points at home breaks. These points will count towards qualification for the 2009 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and the 2009 elite World Championship Tour.

Sponsor Me has teamed up with TransWorld Surf, Surfing Live, and ASP Hawaii to broadcast the entire event live.

“TransWorld Surf couldn’t be more stoked to have partnered up with Sponsor Me on this event. It’s the type of event we’ve been looking to support in Hawaii,” says Charlie Anderson (Publisher TransWorld Surf). Moreover, Charlie went on to say, “this contest really provides the young guys with the opportunity they’re looking for to break out of the clutter, make some noise, and get the recognition they deserve to take their skill to the next level.”

TransWorld SURF is a leading publisher of young men’s action-sports publications, with an audience of more than six million. Based in Oceanside, California, properties include TransWorld SKATEboarding, TransWorld SURF, TransWorld SNOWboarding, Ride BMX and TransWorld Motocross.

Surfing Live is the premier live webcast production team for Surfing events. They have over 10 years experience with hundreds of live broadcasts of the biggest events in arenas of surf, skate, snow, music, special events and more. Surfing Live has a team of production professionals with the experience to produce dynamic content that will make a lasting impact on their audience. “This is the door opener to the Vans Triple Crown… It is contests like this that give the little guys the chance they need to really shake things up,” says Jay Johnson (General Manager, Surfing Live).

The much anticipated event is sure to draw a crowd. Early arrival is encouraged.

Entries for Sponsor Me Hawaii are now open. Please contact asphi@hawaii.rr.com for entry information.